Job Description

Director of Corporate & Foundations Relations Senior Grant Writer (Development & Alumni Relations Office)
Danville, KY, United States of America


Centre is seeking a Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations & Senior Grant Writer to be a key strategic partner to manage the corporate and foundation relations of the College. A primary focus will center on building relationships with national foundations and leading grant-writing initiatives with a passion for liberal arts education and the role philanthropy plays in supporting its mission. This position reports to the Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Engagement.  

Job Skills / Requirements

  • Primary responsibility will be working with Foundations to foster relationships and lead all grant writing for the advancement office.
  • Identify and contact corporations and foundations that represent potential funding sources.
  • Seek out new sources of revenue from local, national, and international foundations.
  • Identify opportunities for philanthropic support and write proposals to grant-makers.
  • Demonstrates an appreciation of and commitment to further an inclusive culture for those of diverse backgrounds such as ability, age, class, ethnicity, faith, gender, neurodiversity, race and sexual orientation
  • Serve as the College’s key point of contact with corporate and foundation officials and support other Centre Administrators in their interactions with corporate and foundation staff and directors.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with appropriate stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other colleges as needed, when developing grant proposals.
  • Develop and write quarterly and annual progress reports to Corporations and Foundations that have awarded grants to Centre College.
  • Coordinate with other College offices to ensure the completion of accurate and timely reports as requested by grant-makers.
  • Monitor and respond to all communications from foundations to ensure timely completion of applications in advance of grant deadlines.
  • Write personalized acknowledgement letters and send frequent progress reports to key foundation contacts to maintain open and transparent communication.
  • Develop and implement personal and meaningful stewardship plans for grant-makers.
  • Plan, organize and execute campus visits for key corporations and foundations with philanthropic potential for Centre College.
  • Work to identify and expand the list of corporate sponsorships for Centre College throughout Kentucky and across the Southeast.
  • Collaborate closely with the office of sponsored research and office of institutional research.
  • Partner with the major gifts’ office and the development team to share proposal templates, philanthropic data, and grant application resources that will enrich the donor experience across all philanthropic channels.
  • Ensure that all records are secure, accurate, and complete and are maintained in digital form on the College server with access provided to direct supervisor.


            Education and Experience

  • Minimum of five to ten years of experience in corporate and foundation relations or equivalent experience, with strong emphasis on grant writing, editing, and relationship management skills.
  • Ability to represent the College well with key corporate and foundation constituents.
  • Team-first attitude and the willingness to work with faculty and staff members to develop and implement strategies to advance institutional priorities.

            Knowledge and Skills

  • Outstanding skills as a writer and editor.
  • Excellent verbal communication and relationship management skills.
  • Must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong research skills. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization.


Interested applicants must apply through the Centre College Human Resources site at Employment at Centre | Centre College (with a cover letter, resume, and list of references).  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled.  For full consideration, application materials must be submitted online by June 30th 2023.

Education Requirements (Any)

Bachelor's Degree required.

Additional Information / Benefits

Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Long Term Disability, 401K/403b Plan

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift.